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article imageBoy, 11, raising funds for the Lake Ontario Polar Bear Dip Special

By KJ Mullins     Dec 18, 2011 in World
Oakville - Most 11-year-olds have no idea where they are going to be around noon on the first day of the New Year but Adam Mills in not the average kid. Adam plans on jumping into Lake Ontario to raise money for World Vision's water project in Tanzania.
Adam thinks it is important to prevent people from dying because of dirty water. "Ten people a day die from water," Adam said when asked why he supports a cause that will guarantee that he's very cold on the first day of the new year. It's a cause that he's been involved in for three years.
"They have been drinking water that has a munch of parasites, basically they have been drinking mud," Adam said with passion.
Adam said that the water is usually about -3. He plans on going in and dunking his head, an act that will take about 10 seconds. Ten very good seconds!
Adam Mills at last year s Polar Bear Dip
Adam Mills at last year's Polar Bear Dip
Scott Mills
On Adam's web page that he recently designed himself is a countdown clock until the Polar Bear Dip at Oakville's Coronation Park. Adam will join others, mainly much older than he is, running into the icy water so that people a year away can have clean water to survive.
Adam Mills at last year s Polar Bear Dip
Adam Mills at last year's Polar Bear Dip
Scott Mills
Adam comes to community service easily, his father is one of the driving forces behind social media at the Toronto Police Service. When Constable Scott Mills talks about Adam his face beams with pride.
Adam Mills at last year s Polar Bear Dip
Adam Mills at last year's Polar Bear Dip
Scott Mills
"Adam is just this completely incredible kid," Scott said Friday afternoon discussing the Polar Bear Dip. "When Adam is involved in something he gives it his all. He designed his own web page to help bring in more donations. He's already raised $100 but his goal is $1,500."
"Adam has put a lot of effort into spreading the word about the dip through online channels which has been invaluable to the event.
He approached us with the idea of Team Twitter, a group of people taking part in the event who consistently tweet about it and it really opened our eyes to what we could be doing through social media.
It is inspiring to see someone so young and passionate about helping others and funding clean water projects. Adam has spread the word and helped take the event to the next level," said Cheryl Singleton of in an email.
The Polar Bear Dip at Lake Ontario started in 1985 by Trent and Todd Courage, way before Adam was even born. Each year the event has raised money for a water project in Africa that will provide a community with clean drinking water. Last year over $230,000 was raised for Kahi, Rwanda. The event was so big it also funded a water project in Kenya and started a project in Manonga, Tanzania.
This year the event's goal is $150,000 to finish the Tanzania Water and Sanitation Project. The project consists of 10 borehole wells that will improve sanitation facilities. World Vision will also teach proper hygiene and sanitation practices to the community.
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